Why would Americans be playing Russian roulette, for that is what even a one-in-six chance of a Trump victory means?
It is no surprise that Trump finds a large, receptive audience when he says the state of the economy is rotten. Real (inflation-adjusted) wages at the bottom of the income distribution are roughly where they were 60 years ago.
The US economy as a whole has done well for the last six decades: GDP has increased nearly six-fold. But the fruits of that growth have gone to a relatively few at the top – people like Trump, owing partly to massive tax cuts that he would extend.
At the same time, reforms that political leaders promised would ensure prosperity for all – such as trade and financial liberalization – have not delivered. Project Syndicate